SHOW GOES ON: The Village Players Amateur Theatre cast will regroup after cancelling Dimboola.
SHOW GOES ON: The Village Players Amateur Theatre cast will regroup after cancelling Dimboola. CONTRIBUTED

Curtain falls on wacky wedding

IT WAS with regret that the Village Players Amateur Theatre had to cancel their long-anticipated show, Dimboola.

Director Maureen Follers said there was much talk around town about the coming production and people had browsed through the second-hand shops looking for outrageous wedding gear to wear as guests.

"Dimboola requires a cast of 15 men and women of differing ages," she said.

"The Village Players knew it was a risky ask to find the cast, but were confident that the interest in the play would generate curiosity and that there would be sufficient people wishing to be performers in the wackiest wedding of the year."

Ms Follers said she had approached many people who indicated interest, but, as the play is a one-act only show, it was essential that every one of the cast be present at rehearsals.

"This unfortunately was not the case. All members of the cast and crew were volunteers who had commitments to work and family. Some members dropped out due to not being able to meet the commitment of rehearsing and attempts to fill the vacant spots were unsuccessful," she said.

Ms Follers said she knew time was running out, and with five weeks remaining before opening, not having a bride or groom or a full cast to perform the play, the decision was made to cancel the show.

However, the Village Players hope they can regroup and present the play next year.

Due to the success of The Enchanted Forest, a children's play performed in 2013, the Players intend to present another play for the youngsters in December at the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Club.

Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate by D M Larson is aimed at entertaining children, young and old.

"It is anticipated that all in the audience will come dressed in their best pirate costumes with lots of 'Aaaargh me hearties' and a parrot or two," she said.



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